Both Loyola students and members of the Rogers Park community attended this event to explore more than 20 different restaurants through the areas of Rogers Park and Edgewater. From the start of the event at 5 p.m. Thursday, a trolley was provided to transport everyone to each restaurant until the event ended at 9 p.m.
Ethnic foods such as Ethiopian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Thai, and many more were offered to the members from a variety of restaurants, some of which attendees did not even know existed.
Karolyne Carloss, a 20-year-old junior majoring in both international and women studies, discovered a delicious restaurant.
“The name of the restaurant is SB Kabab. I have never been here before and because of the dinner crawl, I now know this place exists and would definitely love to come again,” Carloss said.
Another purpose of the Taste of Rogers Edge was to bring the community together and help improve business and economic development in the Rogers Park area.
Mary Miro, the Loyola program coordinator of community relations, believes that the bond between school and community is essential, and that the Taste of Rogers Edge is a great step towards building that bond.
“The event is meant to bring traffic into local businesses while raising funds for the Rodgers Park Business Alliance and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce,” Miro said. “The local community is a tremendous asset to the school, and we are happy to support them,” Miro said.